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How can I register for a Look Good Feel Better Workshop?
We have more than 110 workshop locations across Canada. Follow the link to our Workshop Locator to find the one nearest you.
Is there a fee to attend a Look Good Feel Better Workshop?
No. A Look Good Feel Better Workshop is absolutely free of charge. Our workshops are led by trained cosmetic advisors and hair alternatives specialists who donate their time and expertise to helping women with cancer. In addition, the generous assortment of cosmetic and personal care products that you will receive at the workshop has been generously donated by the member companies of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.
What can I expect to learn at a Look Good Feel Better Workshop?
A free 2-hour Look Good Feel Better Workshop will teach you simple cosmetic tips and techniques to help you manage the effects that cancer and its treatment may have on your appearance. This includes nail and skin care tips, hair alternatives as well as important information on cosmetic hygiene. And, beyond beauty, it’s the support from other women, the sharing of empowering information, support of compassionate volunteers and laughter that can help you gain confidence, lift your spirits and take control.
How many women have attended a Look Good Feel Better Workshop in the past? How might I find out how other women who attended a Look Good Feel Better Workshop felt about their experience?
To date, more than 100,000 women have experienced a Look Good Feel Better Workshop since its inception in 1992. The 2010 issue of the annual Look Good Feel Better magazine profiles just some of these inspiring women. Read what they have to say about their Look Good Feel Better experience and how it has impacted their cancer journey in our 2010 Look Good Feel Better e-mag.
Unfortunately, I can’t make it to a Look Good Feel Better Workshop. How else can I benefit from the information shared in the Workshop?
You can request a personal copy of our bilingual Look Good Feel Better Signature Steps Guide by calling toll free 1.800.914.5665. This Signature Steps Guide is the same Guide that is used during a Workshop experience and contains all the empowering information you’ll need to take back some of the control that has been lost to your cancer diagnosis.
I want to purchase a wig. How much can I expect to pay for a wig and where can I buy one?
Wigs come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. The cost of a wig can range from $150 - $1,500, depending on whether it’s made from human hair or synthetic fibres, how the wig is constructed (machine made, hand-tied crown, hand-tied all over or custom), or if you’re buying from a trained wig centre, a department store or from the internet. Some prices may include services such as wig adjustments or styling. You can find a wig at your cancer care facility's Wig Salon if one is available. You might also want to check your local yellow pages under “wigs" or "hair prosthetics". Remember to obtain a prescription from your oncologist stating that you require a hair prosthesis due to hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation and bring the prescription with you when you purchase your wig. Be sure to keep a copy of the prescription as you may be exempt from paying PST on your prosthesis; check with your insurance provider. Also, check with your insurance provider to determine if they will pay for a hair prosthesis. If they do, find out how much of the cost they will cover so that you can choose a wig that’s within your budget.
I’ve heard recently a news story that a potentially harmful carcinogen called parabens can be found in many cosmetic and personal care products. What are parabens? Should I be concerned?
Parabens are a group of preservatives that can be added to foods, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, including cosmetics, to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. They are essential to maintain the quality and safety of many of the products we use on a daily basis and have been safely used for many decades.
Over the past few years there have been a number of articles and stories that have reported a “possible” association between parabens and breast cancer suggesting that parabens may act like estrogen, the female sex endocrine hormone, through a process called endocrine disruption. These stories were based on an animal study that made this observation only when animals were dosed with extremely high amounts of parabens – far greater than anyone would be exposed to under actual conditions of use or with repeated use.
As a result of this concern, parabens were specifically reviewed by government regulators including the European Commission in Europe and the FDA in the United States. One such review by the European Commission even specifically examined the use of parabens in underarm cosmetics such as deodorants and concluded they were safe for use. In all cases, including Health Canada in Canada, the use of parabens as a preservative in foods and pharmaceuticals (both of which are ingested into the body) as well as in cosmetics and personal care products (which are only applied topically) continues to be permitted. The fact is that parabens are 100,000 times weaker than natural estrogen in the body – far too weak to have any influence on humans, and scientific safety studies repeatedly demonstrate that the use of parabens in consumer products, including cosmetics, is safe and so should not cause concern to the consumer. If you’d like to learn more about parabens, or other cosmetic and personal care product ingredients, visit cosmeticsinfo.org.
My skin has become extremely sensitive as a result of my cancer treatment. Should I be concerned about any of the products, and their ingredients, that are contained in the Look Good Feel Better Workshop kits?
The products included in our workshop kits are specifically provided as teaching tools to practice our Signature Steps Program and the many tips and techniques offered in a workshop. Each product is made available for a specific purpose and is appropriate for someone undergoing cancer and its treatment. If you’re currently undergoing active treatment, it is important that you discuss any possible effects of your cancer treatment as well as possible adverse reactions to cosmetic or personal care ingredients with your doctor, oncology nurse or health care provider.